DuckStation

4.3
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About this game

DuckStation is an simulator/emulator of the Sony PlayStation(TM) / PSX / PS1 console, focusing on playability, speed, and long-term maintainability. The goal is to be as accurate as possible while maintaining high performance.

A "BIOS" ROM image is required to start the emulator and to play games. A ROM image is not provided with the emulator for legal reasons, you should dump this from your own console using Caetla or other means. These are usually dumped as "scphNNNN.bin" or "ps-NNN.bin", where NNNN is the model number or ROM version, and should be 512KB in size. Games are NOT provided with the emulator, it can only be used to play legally purchased and dumped games.

DuckStation supports cue, iso, img, ecm, mds, chd, and unencrypted PBP game images. If your games are in other formats, you will need to convert or re-dump them. For single track games in bin format, you can use https://www.duckstation.org/cue-maker/ to generate cue files.

Features include:
- OpenGL, Vulkan (recommended) and software rendering
- Upscaling, texture filtering, and true colour (24-bit) in hardware renderers
- Widescreen rendering in supported games (no stretching!)
- PGXP for geometry precision, texture correction, and depth buffer emulation (fixes texture "wobble"/polygon fighting)
- Adaptive downsampling filter
- 60fps in PAL games where supported
- Per-game settings (set enhancements and controller mapping for each game individually)
- Up to 8 controllers in supported game with multitap
- Controller and keyboard binding (+vibration for controllers)
- RetroAchievements in supported games (https://retroachievements.org)
- Memory card editor (move saves, import gme/mcr/mc/mcd)
- Built in patch code database
- Save states with preview screenshots
- Blazing fast turbo speeds in mid to high end devices
- Emulated CPU overclocking to improve FPS in games
- Rewinding (do not use on slow devices)
- Controller layout editing and scaling (in pause menu)

DuckStation supports both 32-bit/64-bit ARM, and 64-bit x86 devices. However, due to it being a more accurate emulator, hardware requirements can be moderate. If you have a 32-bit ARM device, please do not expect the emulator to perform well - you will need at least a 1.5GHz CPU for good performance.

**For high upscaling (more than 2x) you will need at least a mid range device. This is because of how many pixels the emulator needs to render/shade - it is not a question of optimization.**

Game compatibility list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1H66MxViRjjE5f8hOl5RQmF5woS1murio2dsLn14kEqo/edit?usp=sharing

Instructions:

1. Install and run the app for the first time.
2. Add game directories by tapping the add button and selecting a directory. You can add additional directories afterwards by selecting "Edit Game Directories" from the menu.
3. Tap a game to start. When you start a game for the first time it will prompt you to import a BIOS image.

If you have an external controller, you will need to map the buttons and sticks in settings.

"PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited. This project is not affiliated in any way with Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Duck icon by icons8: https://icons8.com/icon/74847/duck

This app is provided under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives International License (BY-NC-ND 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Games shown are:
- Hover Racing: http://www.psxdev.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=636
- Fromage: https://chenthread.asie.pl/fromage/
- PSXNICCC Demo: https://github.com/PeterLemon/PSX/tree/master/Demo/PSXNICCC
Updated on
28 Oct 2021

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4.3
8.54K reviews
Jarod Juachon
7 March 2021
-From Pixel4a running Android 11- For an emulator, it runs both 2d and 3d games really well, if the rips are good. When adding enhancements like resolution scaling and antiailiasing, most games will look better. It is recommended to play with a controller hooked up for a better experience, but they do have a touch screen layout as a last resort. At the moment, they do have a rewind binding, but no setting for the rewind itself. The app is constantly updated, so it's very up to date.
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Stenzek
7 March 2021
The code for rewind is all there, it's just not exposed in the Android UI because I'm concerned people would try to use it on too low-spec devices and then complain about performance. Maybe I can make it a hidden option somewhere in the future.
darkninja2992
4 January 2022
An excellent emulator, easy to run, user friendly, honestly the only thing that could come to mind to improve it is give it a way to set a cloud service like google drive or dropbox as a game save sync/backup service, so that players can easily sync data to or from the cloud storage to the device. Maybe have it check for game files that have been updated since the last sync and then have it select those when doing an auto sync and then a manual sync for doing specific saves only
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dc9wilson
19 September 2021
Like many others, I have trouble knowing where I'm supposed to put my files once I've downloaded them. There's no clear answer on if I should make a game folder or what. And regardless of whether they load up or not in the app, I never get game covers. Just blank pictures inside the app making everything seem so jumbled up and hard to find. Otherwise it works great and I love all the options. PGXP is a godsend and seems to work better here than it does in all the other emulators.
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What's new

- Fix touchscreen joysticks triggering buttons while held.
- Add L3/R3 buttons to touchscreen controller (off by default).
- Fix multi-line patch code entry.
- Make L1/L2/R1/R2 text easier to read.
- Small number of game fixes.